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Pregame: Cavs (1-2) at Clippers (2-1)

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 5, 2012


Time: 10:30 p.m.; Place: Staples Center; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WTAM, WLEC, WAKR


Cavs probables

Name Ht, Wt Pts Rebs Asts
PG Kyrie Irving 6-3, 191 23.7 4.0 4.7
SG Dion Waiters 6-4, 221 12.3 2.0 2.3
SF Alonzo Gee 6-6, 219 11.3 3.3 3.0
PF Tristan Thompson 6-9, 227 9.0 7.0 2.0
C Anderson Varejao 6-11, 260 13.7 15.0 3.7



Clippers probables

Name Ht, Wt Pts Rebs Asts
PG Chris Paul 6-0, 185 19.0 4.0 12.3
SG Willie Green 6-3, 201 5.7 1.7 0.7
SF Caron Butler 6-7, 228 14.7 1.7 0.7
PF Blake Griffin 6-10, 252 15.0 8.7 3.0
C DeAndre Jordan 6-11, 265 6.7 6.7 0.3


Injury report

Cavs: None; Clippers: Chauncey Billups (Achilles) out, Grant Hill (knee) out; Trey Thompkins (knee) out.


Bennett Salvatore, David Jones, JT Orr



* Donald Sloan was among the first players to be warned for flopping under the league's new anti-flopping policy. The league informed him of the warning over the weekend after he reached in for a steal late in Friday's loss to the Bulls. He collided with Kirk Hinrich, threw his arms in the air and dramatically tumbled to the ground. The first offense is a warning for all players. If it happens again, Sloan will be fined $5,000. You can see the video here.


* The league reviewed the end of the Cavs/Bucks game from Saturday night and determined there was no clock malfunction and no issue with how the clock was operated. Cavs coach Byron Scott surely disagrees. He reiterated this morning at the team's shootaround he felt the clock started late on Brandon Jennings' game winner at the buzzer.


* When the league looks at these instances to determine if the clock started on time or not, there is always a buffer of about 2 tenths to 4 tenths of a second built in because of human nature and human reactions. If the clock started the instant the player receives the inbounds pass, then technically it probably started early because of the human reaction time it takes to start the clock after it hit his hands. 


* Personally, I thought the Cavs had a legitimate complaint. But the league felt the clock started as expected.


* As for tonight, the Cavs will have their hands full with the Clippers. It will be Kyrie Irving's first matchup against Chris Paul. The Cavs and Clippers only met once last season and Irving missed the game with a concussion.


* The comparisons between Irving and Paul began before Irving was even drafted. Scott coached Paul in New Orleans and the two developed a deep bond that still exists today. Now Irving and Scott are forming that same type of bond. Irving and Paul spoke last year about Scott, but the coach said he would pull Irving aside before tonight's game just to make sure he knew what he was getting into tonight.


* Chris Paul is great off the court as your friend, but on the court, Chris Paul is not your friend. Chris Paul is a silent assassin," Scott said. "The kid wants to win and he's going to do whatever he has to do to win that game. After the game, you can be friends again. I don't know if that's something Kyrie knows about him."


* Scott said Irving continues to take a similar path as Paul. The difference is Paul is the unquestioned leader in control of his team, and it's been that way since about his third season in the league. Irving, in his second year, is getting there, but not quite there yet.


* Scott today called Alonzo Gee "one of the best defensive players in the league. I truly believe that." The Cavs have used Gee to guard multiple positions this season, from point guards to power forwards. On the other end, Gee has been more aggressive in looking for his shot this season, which is fine with Scott. "Zo to me is a lot like Andy," Scott said. "You have the right to shoot the ball when you play as hard as they do on the defensive end. You have the right to take open shots."

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